Two members of the Beaver Valley Recreation’s Chito-Ryu Karate Dojo delivered exceptional performances in Kelowna last week at the Regional Karate championship to earn a spot in the provincials at the end of the month.
Meagan Campsall and Beaver Valley and Rossland Chito-Ryu Sensei Scott Hutcheson joined 100 other athletes from the Thompson-Okanagan to see who would qualify for this years provincials at the Richmond Olympic Oval, May 30.
With new World Karate Federation rules in play, Campsall battled it out in girls 12-13 Kata and Weapons Kata.
“Like in Kumite, two individuals duel off in Kata simultaneously and the judges throw a flag as their score,” explained Hutcheson in an email. “Three out of five flags wins the match but each flag score counts.”
Campsall earned a win and two close losses, garnering two flags in each of her losing matches, while the other competitors lost 4-1 and 5-0. As a result, Campsall accumulated enough points/flags to capture the silver medal. Following here silver medal performance, she left no doubt in 10-13 Weapons Kata as she faced down some heavy competition and walked away with the gold.
In Men’s Masters Black Belt Kata, Sensei Hutcheson dueled Robert Simkins from Sensei Taneda’s Dojo twice and with only one flag short of making a tie breaker, Hutcheson captured the silver medal, while taking gold in Men’s 18-plus Black Belt Weapons. Hutcheson will defend last year’s Provincial Weapons Kata division championship in Richmond.